Florida socialite Jill Kelley tried to cash in on her “honorary consul” title by asking for $80 million for her help in putting together an energy deal.
Jill Kelley asked for 2% of a multi-billion deal being considered by an alternative energy company called TransGas Development Systems.
Jill Kelley, 37, was even flown to New York by the company so she could learn more about the business.
But according to company president Adam Victor, he realized she didn’t have a clue about commercial deals when she asked for the eight figure sum for brokering any deal.
Adam Victor said he met Jill Kelley at the Republican Convention in Tampa in September where she boasted about her close contacts with General David Petraeus.
Jill Kelley also told him she was honorary consul for South Korea and Adam Victor admitted he thought her links with officials from the country could help his business.
“When I met with [her], she seemed extremely interested in coal gasification,” Adam Victor said.
He told the Tampa Tribune that he flew Jill Kelley to New York to learn more about his company’s clean coal technology and believed her close ties to David Petraeus could help win energy contacts in South Korea.
Adam Victor said he was shocked when Jill Kelley, who owes millions to the bank and in credit card debt, asked for 2% of any deal that was signed.
The energy chief said he was so taken back by the demand that he began to question her experience in putting together deals. He also cut all ties with her.
A spokesman for Jill Kelley said she was not aware of TransGas.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials are now examining if Jill Kelley should retain the title “honorary consul”.
“We are looking at what is going on around her,” said Tae-jin Kim from the South Korean embassy.
“I think there is a possibility we will review her status.”
Jill Kelley parades around Tampa in a silver Mercedes with the license plate “Honorary Consul”.
She also tried to ask for diplomatic protection after her name first became linked to the downfall for former CIA director David Petraeus.
Losing her honorary consul status will be another slap in the face for Jill Kelley who has already had her pass to the MacDill Air force base revoked.
That was far from the first time that Jill Kelley ruffled feathers at the military base, as the wife of General John Allen, the top military commander under investigation for sending “flirty” emails to a Florida party organizer, was unhappy about their close friendship.
Kathy Allen complained to the wife of a civil liaison officer at Central Command in Tampa about the number of emails her husband was receiving from socialite Jill Kelley.
Jill Kelley, who reveled in her close links to senior military men, was warned several times to stop bombarding the general with emails.